Griot: A central figure in many West African cultures. Historically, the griot held many functions, including community historian, cultural critic, indigenous artist and collective spokesperson.

The Griot Institute for Africana Studies provides faculty and student intellectual and creative engagement with the interdisciplinary investigation of the cultures, histories, narratives, peoples, geographies and arts of Africa and the African diaspora.

The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.
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The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.

The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.

Delaware Theatre Company

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On Saturday, Nov. 11, join us on a bus trip to see Dare to Be Black: The Jack Johnson Story.

Before Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, there was boxing champion Jack Johnson. He captured the hearts — and in some cases the hatred — of crowds. More than a century later, his quest for equality remains timely.

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